New Living Translation
The king asked, "Well, how can I help you?" With a prayer to the God of heaven,
King James Bible
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of the heavens.
World English Bible
Then the king said to me, "For what do you make request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith to me, 'For what art thou seeking?' and I pray unto the God of the heavens,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:4 Let, and c. - My sadness comes not from any disaffection to the king, for whom my hearty prayers are that he may live for ever; but from another cause. Sepulchres - Which by all nations are esteemed sacred and inviolable. He saith not a word of the temple as he spake before a Heathen king who cared for none of these things. I prayed - To direct my thoughts and words, and to incline the king's heart to grant my request.
Some of the most complicated problems in Hebrew history as well as in the literary criticism of the Old Testament gather about the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Apart from these books, all that we know of the origin and early history of Judaism is inferential. They are our only historical sources for that period; and if in them we have, as we seem to have, authentic memoirs, fragmentary though they be, written by the two men who, more than any other, gave permanent shape and direction to Judaism, then …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
I replied, "If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried."
I replied, "The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem."
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